Non-Fiction

Here at Shiny we are proud of our non-fiction section. Largely thanks to the enthusiasm of our excellent reviewers, we cover a very wide range of subject matter, including books that often get neglected on the otherwise excellent book blogs. This issue has, I think, the largest non-fiction selection ever, …

Reprints

As the nights are drawing in (or the opposite, depending upon which hemisphere you’re in), why not curl up with a reprint or two? In this issue, they range across the decades and even centuries, and there is plenty to entertain, surprise, and value. If you’re in the mood for …

BookBuzz

Interview with Rowland Manthorpe and Kirstin Smith The authors of the hilarious debut novel, Confidence, talk about writing as a team and the pleasures and perils of university learning. Spotlight on Publishers: NYRB We love NYRB classics here at Shiny and couldn’t be more thrilled to discuss life at the …

FICTION

We think a good book read at the right time is the perfect read, whatever the season!  Our summer fiction list therefore features our usual blend of all kinds of novel, including plenty in translation. Contemporary and 20th C life: The suspenseful Before the Fall by Noah Hawley is set …

NON-FICTION

Welcome to the non-fiction section of Shiny 11.  As always we are covering quite a wide range of themes and topics, though a couple of categories pop up more than once. One such is psychology, into which come three books: Polly Morland, Metamorphosis: Why and How We Change Charles Fernyhough, The …

REPRINTS

I have to thank my housemate Kirsty – also a reviewer in this issue – for lending her bookshelves for the reprints cover photo this issue. It sets the tone for the sort of books we love in this corner of Shiny New Books: old’uns. Particularly when they’re repackaged as …

BOOKBUZZ

An Ancient Permanence? – Rosy Thornton  The wonderful Rosy Thornton meditates on the village of Blaxhall in coastal Suffolk, the inspiration for her new collection of short stories. Love, Or Nearest Offer – Adèle Geras How the saddest of circumstances motivated award-winning novelist, Adèle Geras, to write one of the …

Fiction

With the exception of SF this issue (we’d love to find some more regular SF reviewers, contact us if interested), we otherwise have a rather splendid mix of recent novels to tempt you with. They are categorised below, or alphabetically listed in the menu. We have a particularly strong batch …

Non-Fiction

I’ve really enjoyed reading the non-fiction reviews in Shiny 10 and I’m sure you will too. There’s a plethora of biographies and autobiographies in the section this time round, with many famous names showing up. For biographies you can browse through three great nineteenth-century names: Nick Holland Anne Brontë Elaine …

Reprints

Every issue I wonder if we’re going to find as many wonderful reprints as before – and, every issue, we do! There are some excellent gems for you this time. Our biggest discovery for Issue 10 is doubtless the new imprint Apollo. Their books are beautiful objects and cover a …

BookBuzz

Questions for Lucy Caldwell The award-winning Irish writer talks about her first book of short stories, Multitudes, with our non-fiction ed, Harriet, and in a fascinating discussion explores her relationship to the writing process. Questions for Peggy Frew The Australian author discusses her latest novel, Hope Farm, with our fiction …

Fiction

Contemporary Dramas: Citizens by Kevin Curran examines the legacy of the Easter Rising on the youth of Dublin today. The Cold War of the 1960s is the setting for Helen Dunmore’s latest novel Exposure, and the hot summer of 1976 provides fertile ground for Joanna Cannon’s debut novel – The …

Non-fiction

Once again we have a pleasingly wide-ranging selection of non-fiction titles for your delectation. Whether you like science or history, biography or travel, there’s bound to be something to catch your eye and send you off to the bookshop. There’s plenty here for those who like reading about other peoples’ …

Reprints

Two whole years since our first issue! Can you believe it? Those of us who love reprints have been well served over that time, and this issue is no different. As usual, there is a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, with classics and new discoveries fighting out for your attention. …

BookBuzz

Interviews Two impressive women talk about their debut novels – the hugely accomplished English literature Professor, Janet Todd, and creative arts Fellow and documentary producer, Sharon Guskin. Q and A with Janet Todd Q and A with Sharon Guskin Comment The eds decided to get together again and put literary …